Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber that was bottled 2 years ago. Quite dark brown with plenty of red and it is clear. Lots of dark fruit and bread in the aroma. Smells like a fruit cake. Brown sugar under that. First sip and it is drinking like a barley wine. Minimal hops remain but some bitterness and citrus are there. Like drinking a fruit cake. Still a tasty beer.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few strands of lacing are left.
3.5 S: This sure is interesting. Citrusy, floral, and slightly herbal hops stand out. The citrus is pretty nondeScript. Meshing surprisingly well is a toasty nuttiness from the base.
3.25 T: Taste is hop forward as well. This time thereís a big orange and lemony citrus component that tastes almost like a sweetness. Floral behind that. Moderate to heavy bitterness. The base beer gets somewhat lost underneath. The nutty toasty flavors are much harder to find.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a bitter finish.
3.0 D: Canít say Iím a fan of this. Iíll give it that itís better than most black IPAs, but itís still a grouping of flavors that donít work together.
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The_Osprey (6350) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at the 2 x 21st floor tasting. Thanks to LKS for this BIPA. As íAvery Anniversary Twenty Oneí. Dark amber orange / brown, lightly sparkling, pretty clear, small bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet dirty fudgey stuff, salt, pine, resin, some coffee. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is resinous, pine, mint, sweet toffee. Earthy, dry resinous finish with some alcohol showing up. Decent.
DandyWolfFloyd (1037) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - big resiny hops persist, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol, dark malt roast
Appearance - black body, with a 2" beige head. Very nice lacing throughout.
Taste - has rich barley roast, West Coast hops, the balance act of the two is very good. There is also a little alcohol.
Palate - body is medium approaching full, the texture is closest to oily, the carbonation is soft, the finish has a little bit of buttering and alcohol the finish medium in length.
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the second 42nd Floor tasting - Thanks Leighton. It pours clear deep brown with a thick yellow-tan head. The nose is toasty, fresh citrus, grapefruit, soapy lemon, rye bread, cracker and some cocoa. The taste is bitter, toasted brown bread, earth, cracker, mild cardboard, cheap coffee grounds and some alcohol heat with a dry, toasted finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Didnít really stand out from the crowd. A pretty average hoppy dark beer.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, pine, resin, and floral hops, raisins, licorice, and roast malt. Flavor is moderate pine and floral hops and bitterness, bitter roast malt, licorice and raisins with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
had on draft, had trouble finishing my glass .. . dark maurky brown .. mild foam .. . burnt hops, rum endings, dirty wood .. . gritty, not at all a good finish .. . a rare miss from avery .. . . Nana said I took too much NyQuil so I laughed at her and then she turned back into a paper clip and jumped into my fave Law & Order episode.
mR_fr0g (9252) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Canary wharf tasting . 10/11/2015. Thanks to Leighton for this one. Amber brown coloured pour with a lasting sticky light tan head. Aroma is brown malts, earthy, pine, light berry. Flavour is composed of nutty brown malts, Firm pine and berry hop, nutty, brown bread. Palate is semi sweet, moderate to high carbonation, slightly sticky. Lingering berry fruit, Little citrus.
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split on the 42nd floor, thanks to LKS, 10/11/15.
Chestnut brown / amber topped with a decent beige covering.
Nose is biscuit malt, light hop tunes, earthy, pine tingle.
Taste comprises bitter tropical fruits, pine dusting, grapefruit, straw, mineral notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close dashed with earthy hop bitterness.
teorn88 (6472) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared the Tumbler 42 tasting, london. Many thanks to LeytonOrient for this one. It pours a clean copper color with small tan head. Aroma is light sweet apricots dried leaves pine cones and citrus peel. Taste is lightly bitter with some tangy citric notes some apricots earth dried leaves and pine cones, plus sweet tropical fruit an caramel malts. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice